Written by SHARLA TORRE MONTVEL-COHEN
Monday, February 14, 2011
GUAM – Chugach Alaska Corporation, a significant contractor worldwide for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and a leader in military base operations and facilities maintenance, has its sights set on moving its regional office from Hawaii to Guam, closer to the center of regional action.
As the DoD sets out to redefine America's military leadership in the world, it has made clear that the nation's strategic priorities and interests will increasingly emanate from the Asia Pacific region – a point not lost on Chugach.
In a 2011 report on the National Military Strategy of the United States of America, the Joint Chiefs of Staff describe an Asia where "the region's share of global wealth is growing, enabling increased military capabilities. This is causing the region's security architecture to change rapidly, creating new challenges and opportunities for our national security and leadership."
An Asia Pacific growth trajectory is evident in the company's Western Pacific track record. As Chugach World Services, Inc. the Anchorage, Alaska-based company has had a presence in Guam for the last 8 or 9 years.
When it first started, it was strictly a service provider. Lately, the company is growing to chase after construction and design projects as well. At the moment, the Guam Engineering Office of Chugach World Services Inc. (CWSI) includes a small staff of Guam-based architects and engineers.
The Guam office will certainly expand, especially in light of the company's elite entry into the world of Guam buildup MACC contracting.
In August 2010, Chugach became one of only 6 companies that were awarded the MACC (multiple-award construction contract) set aside for 8(a) Small and Disadvantaged Businesses in the Guam's massive military construction program. The maximum combined dollar value for all task orders under this MACC is $100 million. The work is for renovation/modernization and routine repair/maintenance of government shore-based facilities in Guam and Northern Mariana Islands. This Chugach contract is #N40192-10-D-2805.
Even so, base operations are still Chugach's core business – representing 60% of its business around the world. The sector will likely continue be an area of growth for Chugach in Guam. In June 2009, the company was awarded a $12.9 million contract (#N40192-09-D-9000) from NAVFAC Marianas for maintenance, repair and housing operations for family housing units, Navy Gateway Inns and Suites (NGIS), and bachelor housing units. In January this year, that earlier contract was boosted to over $65.6 million.
The company was also given the green light from the Guam Land Use Commission to develop worker housing for up to 700 workers at the former Mai'Ana Airport Plaza, which it leased from JMSH LLC a year ago.
Since 2002, through a contract worth $2 billion, Chugach has been a subcontractor with Kwajalein Range Services, a partnership of Bechtel National and Lockheed Martin, at the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll, the Republic of the Marshall Islands. It is also a base operator in Midway Atoll and Wake Island. In Korea, Chugach does work with the U.S. Army, providing environmental services. Finally, the company has future ambitions for work in Japan and is monitoring that market very closely.
Chugach Alaska Corporation (CAC) is a regional Alaska Native Corporation (ANC) with its corporate headquarters located in Anchorage, Alaska. Chugach has more than 6,500 employees worldwide with regional offices in McLean, VA, Honolulu, HI, and Huntsville, AL. The corporation is comprised of over 2200 Alaska Native shareholders from the Chugach region. It was founded in 1972 as a result of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, a law intended to resolve the long-standing issues surrounding aboriginal land claims in Alaska, as well as to stimulate economic development throughout Alaska.
Based on data from usaspending.gov, Chugach ranked 86th overall in total contracts with the U.S. Federal Government in 2009.
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